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Did Nancy Pelosi's 4th Husband File for Divorce?

A routine review of content labeled satire.

Published March 21, 2019

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's fourth husband has filed for divorce.

On March 21, 2019, the "taters gonna tate" website published an article positing that the fourth husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had recently filed for divorce:

Nancy Pelosi’s 4th Husband Files for Divorce: ‘I Just Can’t Take It Anymore’

Nancy Pelosi will be in divorce court for a fourth time later this month, to settle her marital disputes with her current husband, Chester McNally Pelosi. Chester claims that Pelosi’s rules are too strict and that he simply can not handle the constant relapses into alcoholism.

This item was not a factual recounting of real-life events. The article originated with a website that describes its output as being humorous or satirical in nature, as follows: "Everything on this website is fiction. If you believe that it is real, you should have your head examined. Any similarities between this site’s pure fantasy and actual people, places, and events are purely coincidental and all images should be considered altered and satirical."

Nancy Pelosi has had only one marriage, having wedded Paul Frank Pelosi in 1963 and remained married to him ever since.

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